Because the health needs of a community change over time.

Every three years, Transylvania Public Health works with partners throughout the county to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA). This process includes collecting information about current issues that affect health throughout the county from various published data sources as well as interviews with county residents and key community leaders. Then we work with the community to select the county’s top three to five health priorities where we will focus improvement efforts during the next three years.

• 2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA)

2015 CHA Executive Summary

The final phase of the CHA process is developing Action Plans. Community members interested in a selected health priority gather to review relevant data, select a specific goal to address, and determine what actions we will undertake to improve that outcome.

Substance Abuse Mental Heath Nutrition, Physical Activity & Weight
Result: A healthy, vibrant Transylvania County, free of substance abuse and underage drinking

Measure: Unintentional medication and drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population (5-year aggregates)

Goal: Reduce access to prescription medications by developing and disseminating messages about safe storage and disposal

Result: Transylvania County supports the physical, emotional, and social well-being of all its residents

Measure: Emergency department visits for affective symptoms, suicide thoughts, and drug or alcohol use per 100,000 population

Goal 1: Support improvements to mental health care through screening, referrals, and collaborative care

Goal 2: Provide information about navigating the mental health care system to community members

Result: All Transylvania County residents achieve health through a nutritious diet and active lifestyle

Measure: Adults at a healthy weight (measured as a BMI score of 18.5-24.9 calculated from the self-reported height and weight)

Goal 1: Social support for physical activity

Goal 2: Increased access to fruits and vegetables at small retail stores and community venues

Together, the Action Plans inform the creation of an electronic Community Health Improvement Plan (eCHIP), which includes our progress toward the goals outlined in the Action Plans.

• 2016 Transylvania County eCHIP

During the second and third years of the process, we produce a State of the County Health (SOTCH) report, which details the progress made in the past year on implementing the Action Plans and improving our priority health outcomes.

2016 SOTCH

2017 SOTCH

To learn more about the CHA/CHIP/SOTCH process, contact our health educator at 828.884.1730. Older CHA, CHIP, and SOTCH reports are available below, by date published:

2014 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report

2013 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report

2013 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA)

2012 CHA Executive Summary

• 2011 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report

• 2009 Community Health Assessment (CHA)